Editorials

Editorials

Brown’s budget both sensible and careful

While we don’t like or trust Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin-tunnel project, when it comes to developing a state budget – especially in the face of a drop in tax collections – there is no one we’d rather have with his hand on the wheel.

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Cash craving hard to resist for senators

A smoker can resist taking a puff for six months, then one day resolve fails. Even the threat of diabetes won’t keep a serious chocoholic away from the candy box forever. And California’s state senators went two whole years refusing to take campaign contributions during the busiest time of the legislative year.

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Lessons to be drawn from UC Davis turmoil

Our hopes couldn’t be any higher for what this expansion will mean – hundreds (if not thousands) of construction jobs, thousands more students shopping in our stores, eating in our restaurants, browsing our bookstores and sitting in coffee shops.

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Putting a new face on our currency

Money is but a symbol of what we value; its worth based entirely on our faith in what it stands for. The numbers on those scraps of green paper have long been more important than the faces. Until now.

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Don’t let special interests hide from the public

Legislators give lip service to the public’s right to know about government operations. But too often, for the right special interest, they’re willing, eager even, to limit access to information. Two bills addressing this tendency are pending, one involving an entrenched special interest who wants to keep negative information hidden, the other a shiny new one that would hide info we now have a right to know.

Editorials

Nomination process keeps getting uglier

The Republican primary season has resembled a professional wrestling match more than a consideration of who is best qualified to lead the nation. From the so-called debates, with a dozen shouting candidates, to the sucker punches at rallies to the dirty jokes, taunts and accusations, what began as a raucous process has turned into something totally unprecedented.

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Our View: DEA must face reality, take marijuana off ‘worst narcotic’ list

Some people want us to believe cannabis is a wonder weed, miracle cure and our industrial salvation. Such hyperbole echoes the charlatans who have been selling cures and magic beans for centuries. But don’t let that discount what hundreds of people in our community, thousands across our region and tens of thousands in our state have been saying for years: Cannabis helps them.

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Los Banos 99 Cent Only Store Grand Opening

The new 99 Cent Only Store at 1209 W. Pacheco Blvd. in Los Banos holds a grand opening ceremony May 25, 2016.
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Los Banos 99 Cent Only Store Grand Opening

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